Curtis Auburn Tolbert, Jr. - a kind and welcoming soul who always made others feel at ease, passed away peacefully at his home on June 29, 2023. He was surrounded by his loving family during his final moments. Curtis will be dearly missed by all those who knew him.
Born on June 12, 1940, Curtis had a vibrant personality and a great sense of humor. He had a love for cars and spent countless hours restoring them to their former glory. His passion for craftsmanship extended beyond the garage as he also took pleasure in laying floors. Curtis approached every task with dedication and meticulous attention to detail. He also loved bowling and taking his family to the bowling alley.
Curtis proudly served in the United States Army, where he demonstrated his unwavering commitment to his country. His military service was a testament to his bravery and love for his homeland.
Curtis is survived by his beloved wife of many years, Mary Tolbert, who stood beside him through thick and thin. Together, they created a life filled with love, joy, and cherished memories. Curtis will also be remembered by his children: Butch Tolbert, Karen Vauhen, Gary Barlett (Darene), Edward Tolbert (Kim), Tonya Tolbert, and Billie Turner. His presence in their lives brought warmth and guidance that will resonate within them forever.
In addition to his immediate family members, Curtis is mourned by his sisters, Audrey Chamlee and Elizabeth Crossley; and sister-in-law, Lori Tolbert. They shared a deep bond that remained unbreakable throughout the years.
Curtis was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis and Zenola Tolbert; brother Max D. Tolbert; and sister Francis J. Cayton.
Curtis will also be missed by his ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren who held a special place in his heart. His affectionate spirit touched their lives in countless ways that will continue to be cherished from generation to generation.
Family meant everything to Curtis — they were his anchor and his reason for striving to be the best version of himself. Beyond his immediate circle, Curtis leaves behind numerous relatives and friends who were blessed to have him as a part of their lives.
The memory of Curtis Auburn Tolbert, Jr. will live forever in our hearts. His love, compassion, and infectious laughter remain etched in our souls. As we gather to celebrate his life, let us remember the remarkable person he was and honor the legacy he leaves behind.
Visitation services will be held at Freeman Funeral Home in Citronelle, Alabama, on July 6, 2023, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. A Funeral Service will follow at the same location from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM with Rev. Jack Smith.
Curtis's departure from this world is a solemn moment for all who knew him. However, we take comfort in knowing that he has found eternal peace. May his soul rest in serenity as we continue to carry his memory with us and strive to make the world a better place, just as Curtis did throughout his remarkable life.